Volunteer Opportunity for Teens at Roger Williams Park Zoo

Kids, 7th-12 grade, what are you doing this summer?

Courtney Gilpin, ZooCamp Director at Roger Williams Park, has announced that teens, currently enrolled in 7th-12th grades are being recruited for the 2018 Zoo Crew Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program.  Teens who enjoy working with children and have an interest in conservation are encouraged to apply for the program.  Those teens who are enthusiastic and ready to work on a team are desired.  Gilpin reports “the CIT position is a fantastic way to earn volunteer service hours, but it is also a great way for teens to gain professional job experience and build leadership skills.”

For more information, visit:  https://tinyurl.com/RWPZ-ZooCrew or Contact: Courtney Gilpin, ZooCam Director cgilpin@rwpzoo.org  (401) 785-3510 x 394

Parking Ban Alert

Parking ban starts at 2am on Sunday, Dec 10.

The following press release is from the City of Providence.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Citywide Parking Ban to Take Effect Sunday, December 10 at 2AM
City Prepares Ahead of First Snow Fall

PROVIDENCE, RI – Due to expected snow this weekend, a citywide parking ban will begin at 2:00AM on Sunday, December 10, and remain in effect until 6:00AM that same day. All Providence Recreation Centers will be closed Saturday, December 9 due to winter conditions.

Residents with overnight parking passes are advised that they cannot park on the street during the duration of the citywide parking ban. All vehicles parked on the street in violation of the citywide parking ban will be ticketed and towed to ensure that roadways can be plowed.

The Department of Public Works has prepared all equipment and personnel to respond to the storm. Roadways will be pretreated ahead of the expected snowfall.

To report a non-emergency issue, download the PVD311 smartphone application on the Apple Store or Google Play or call 3-1-1 or 401-272-1111.

To receive up-to-the-minute alerts and updates, residents are encouraged to register for the CodeRED emergency notification system by visiting: https://www.providenceri.com/PEMA/codered.

Residents experiencing power outages should contact National Grid at 800-322-3223. Individuals are warned never to touch downed power lines and report downed lines to National Grid. In the event of an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

Join Zero Waste Providence Working Group

A group of Providence community members concerned about waste, recycling, composting, and reducing litter and plastic pollution have started Zero Waste Providence. They meet every other Monday and the next meeting will be held on Monday, December 18, from 7:30-9am at the SWAP Community Room, 500 Broad Street. If you feel strongly about these issues and would like to get involved, please attend or contact zerowasteprovidence@gmail.com.

Safety Reminders from Lt. Remolina and Doug Victor, Elmwood and South Providence Neighborhood Crime Watch

Lt. Remolina writes, “Remind your members and neighbors that if they make any big purchases they should not simply put the box on the curb. The box should be torn so the contents can’t be identified. If you put a large t.v box on the curb, your home maybe targeted because they now know you have a new TV.”


Report all emergencies 911

Report all suspicious activities 272-1111.

Report hate crimes 877-342-7463 

Leave nothing visible in your car that might attract a break in.

Make certain all doors, including garage doors, are locked and windows are secured.

Air conditioning units in first floor windows may create easy access. 

Remove or make sure the AC units are secured into the window framing.


Daylight savings has ended. 
Leave on a porch light in the evening.
Install motion detector lights in critical areas, like driveways, back and side yards.
Install security cameras for increased security.
Interior lights on timers are a known deterrent.
Watch for pedestrians and bicyclists as you drive.


Report things like potholes, graffiti, mattresses left on sidewalks, etc. by calling 311.
Download the App and take photos of things that need attention on your street: http://www.providenceri.gov/pvd-311/

If things in our neighborhood look uncared for or unattended to, they may be inviting more serious problems.
We can all do our part to improve our quality of life and safety.


For access to social support and services (United Way Hotline) call 211.

Get to know your neighbors and exchange contact information to create a stronger sense of social cohesiveness and psychological sense of community. Start a block watch effort.  

Alert each other about suspicious activities on your block/street or if a crime has taken place.

Take a stroll around the neighborhood and say hello to folks you meet.

We can all help to make our Southside neighborhoods better places to live, work and play.


Attend the next PPD2 Neighborhoods Crime Watch meeting
December 6  6:00 – 7:30 at the Y Youth Program building 640 Broad St
We will be discussing violent crime in the Southside.
Sioban of the West Side Play Space will introduce us to this interesting resource for parents.
Welcome all residents and business owners from South Providence to join our efforts.


Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

West Broadway Neighborhood Association: Give Where You Live

3 Easy Ways to Give Where You Live 

It’s a simple idea: Give where you live. And this year, WBNA makes it simple to do, by organizing three local giving opportunities that promise a positive impact in the lives of neighbors.

#1) West Side Schools Food Drive  |  In its 2nd year, WBNA’s West Side Schools Food Drive collects canned and boxed food items as well as gift cards to local grocery stores for families in need at our neighborhood schools. Drop off at WBNA or at our collection bins located at Seven Stars on Broadway, Hudson Street Deli, and Sin Bakery. Details and suggested food items hereThrough November 9.

#2) Coat Drive for BND Coat Exchange  |  As a community, let’s gather a huge amount of new and gently used coats, gloves and other warm things for children and adults for the 21st annual Buy Nothing Day Coat Exchange. See a complete list of needed items here. Drop off at WBNA, 8:30am to 5pm, Mon-Thurs. Through November 21.

#3) West End Community Center Toy Drive  |  WBNA is collecting new and unwrapped toys for the West End Community Center Holiday Toy Drive, benefitting children ages 18 months to 13 years of age who attend WECC’s toddler, preschool and youth programs. Details here. Drop off at WBNA, 8:30am to 5pm, Mon-Thurs. Through December 14.

For more info, visit the WBNA website.

Homework Help at South Providence Library

Does your child need help with Homework?
¿Busca ayuda con la tarea para su hijo?

Homework help is provided by Brown University student
volunteers, October to December. Please call the library or
visit our Facebook page for the schedule each week.

Este servicio es proporcionado por los estudiantes
voluntarios de la Universidad de Brown, de Octubre a
Diciembre. Por favor llame a la biblioteca o visite nuestra
página de Facebook para el horario cada semana. La
mayoría de los voluntarios hablan español.

South Providence Library
441 Prairie Ave, 02905 ● (401) 467-2619

2017 Artists For The Bay Show & Sale, Call for Artists

Artists For The Bay Show & Sale is a showcase of paintings, photography and jewelry by local artists to benefit Save The Bay. To participate, artists agree to contribute 50% of the proceeds from all sales to Save The Bay. If selected, the Save The Bay jury will choose one to four pieces for display in the show. Save The Bay will contact all artists no later than November 8.

Click here for submission forms and more information.


Knight Memorial Library to Reopen on October 23

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Community Library (PCL) is pleased to announce that Knight Memorial Library will reopen to customers on October 23. The building, which is located at 275 Elmwood Avenue, closed temporarily in late July for essential repairs and upgrades. Services and programs will resume during normal scheduled hours, Monday to Friday. Knight Memorial will be closed Saturdays until the end of the year and South Providence Library will continue to offer Saturday hours until the end of 2017.


“We regretted having to close the library over the summer to deal with urgent repairs and behind-the-scenes upgrades. Happily, we have now obtained the go-ahead to reopen safely for business” said Library Director, Jeff Cannell. “PCL is grateful to our community partners, The Center for South East Asians and the West End Recreation Center, for providing temporary accommodation for Knight Memorial’s after school and language learning programs for several weeks while the library building was closed. We also thank our customers for their patience during this difficult time.”


Work will continue intermittently on the historic 1922 building but PCL will do everything it can to minimize inconvenience to customers. For more information about PCL’s locations, hours, services and programs, visit www.provcomlib.org .

State Bicycle Master Plan Survey

The State is collecting data for its Bicycle Master Plan, and has set up an online survey for residents to offer input. You can find the survey here.